Ministry of Commerce and Industry (India)

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Ministry of Commerce and Industry (India)
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Jurisdiction IndiaRepublic of India
Headquarters New Delhi
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Department of Commerce

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry administers two departments, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion. The head of the Ministry is a Minister of Cabinet rank. The incumbent Minister of Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge) is Nirmala Sitharaman,[1][2] who has held the post since 27 May 2014.

Minister of Commerce and Industry[edit]

Minister of Commerce and Industry
( वाणिज्य एवं उद्योग मंत्री)
Emblem of India.svg
Incumbent
Nirmala Sitharaman[3]

since 26 May 2014
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Style The Honourable
Nominator Prime Minister
Appointer President (on the advice of the Prime Minister)
Website www.commerce.nic.in

The Minister of Commerce and Industry is the head of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and one of the cabinet ministers of the Government of India. The first Minister of Commerce and Industry of independent India was Syama Prasad Mukherjee. The current Minister of State (Independent Charge) is Nirmala Sitharaman, of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has held office since 26 May 2014.[4]

Past Ministers[edit]

Name Portrait Term of office Party Prime Minister
Syama Prasad Mukherjee Syama Prasad Mookerjee.jpg 15 August 1947 6 April 1950 Indian National Congress Jawaharlal Nehru
Nityanand Kanungo[5] 1957 1962 Indian National Congress Jawaharlal Nehru
Mohan Dharia 1977 1980 Janata Party Morarji Desai
Charan Singh
Pranab Mukherjee[6] Secretary Tim Geithner and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee 2010 crop.jpg January 1980 January 1982 Indian National Congress (Indira) Indira Gandhi
Shivraj Patil[7] Shivraj Patil.jpg 1982 1983 Indian National Congress (Indira) Indira Gandhi
Pranab Mukherjee[6] Secretary Tim Geithner and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee 2010 crop.jpg September 1984 31 December 1984 Indian National Congress (Indira) Indira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
V. P. Singh[8] V. P. Singh (cropped).jpg January 1985 March 1985 Indian National Congress Rajiv Gandhi
Arun Nehru[9][10] 5 December 1989 10 November 1990 Janata Dal V. P. Singh
Ajit Singh[10][11] 5 December 1989 10 November 1990
Pranab Mukherjee[12] Secretary Tim Geithner and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee 2010 crop.jpg January 1993 February 1995 Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
Ramakrishna Hegde[13][14] 1998 1999 Bharatiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Kamal Nath[15] 23 May 2004 2009 Indian National Congress Manmohan Singh
Anand Sharma[16] Anand Sharma - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg 22 May 2009 26 May 2014
Nirmala Sitharaman[3][4] Nirmala Sitharaman.jpg 26 May 2014 Incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party Narendra Modi

Department of Commerce[edit]

The department is entrusted with formulating and implementing the foreign trade policy and responsibilities relating to multilateral and bilateral commercial relations, state trading, export promotion measures, and development and regulation of certain export oriented industries and commodities.

In order for the smooth functioning, the Department is divided into eight divisions:[17]

  • Administrative and General Division
    Ministry of Commerce and Industries India
    Ministry of Commerce and Industries India
  • Finance Division
  • Economic Division
  • Trade Policy Division
  • Foreign Trade Territorial Division
  • State Trading & Infrastructure Division
  • Supply Division
  • Plantation Division

The subjects under the administrative control of the Department include:[18]

Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion[edit]

This department was established in the year 1995, and in the year 2000 Department of Industrial Development was merged with it. This department is responsible for formulation and implementation of promotional and developmental measures for growth of the industrial sector, keeping in view the national priorities and socio-economic objectives. While individual administrative ministries look after the production, distribution, development and planning aspects of specific industries allocated to them, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion is responsible for the overall Industrial Policy. It is also responsible for facilitating and increasing the FDI flows to the country. It is also responsible to calculate WPI (I.e. Wholesale Price Index).

Policy and Promotion is also responsible for intellectual property rights relating to patents, designs, trademarks, and geographical indication of goods and oversees the initiative relating to their promotion and protection.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nirmala Sitharaman - Minister of Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Government of India". 
  2. ^ "Modi combines portfolios; new ministers take charge". 
  3. ^ a b Minister of State (Independent Charge)
  4. ^ a b "List of ministers in Narendra Modi's government". The Economic Times. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Third Lok SBioprofile : KANUNGO, SHRI NITYANAND". loksabha.nic.in. National Informatics Centre. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b http://164.100.47.132/LssNew/members/former_Biography.aspx?mpsno=4195
  7. ^ "Thirteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Patil,Shri Shivraj V.". loksabha.nic.in. National Informatics Centre. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Tenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : SINGH, SHRI VISHWANATH PRATAP". loksabha.nic.in. National Informatics Centre. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "9th Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : NEHRU, SHRI ARUN KUMAR". loksabha.nic.in. National Informatics Centre. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Arun Nehru was Minister of Commerce, while Ajit Singh was in charge of Industry
  11. ^ "Fifteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile :Singh,Shri Ajit". loksabha.nic.in. National Informatics Centre. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Fifteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Mukherjee,Shri Pranab". loksabha.nic.in. National Informatics Centre. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Rajya Sabha Members Biographical Sketches 1952 - 2003: H" (PDF). pp. 3–4. Retrieved 2014-09-01.  line feed character in |title= at position 12 (help)
  14. ^ Minister of Commerce
  15. ^ "Sixteenth Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile : Kamal Nath,Shri". loksabha.nic.in. National Informatics Centre. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Webpage of Shri Anand Sharma, Member of Parliament (RAJYA SABHA)". rajyasabha.nic.in. National Informatics Centre. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Organisational Set-up and Functions". Department of Commerce, Government of India. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  18. ^ "Subjects under Administrative Control". Department of Commerce, Government of India. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 

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